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Early Supposition Theory II

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This chapter looks at the origin of the term "supposition" and then at the chronology of the source texts. In 1987, C.H. Kneepkens with his usual meticulous care argued forcefully for the view that the logicians' use of supponere was developed from the grammatical use of supponere verbo with an understood personam, and that ultimately the grammarians' usage should be traced back to their mullings over a passage in Priscian containing the word suppositum. L.M. de Rijk in the 1960s tried to impose some chronological order on the mass of undated texts with which he was dealing. He relied to some extent on the date of manuscripts to establish termini ante quos, a text composed no later than the time it was entered into an existing manuscript. The problem with this approach is, of course, that dating manuscripts is still a sub-scientific art.

Keywords: C.H. Kneepkens; L.M. de Rijk; supposition theory



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